Rehearsals are well under way for a concert of really exuberant music at the Auden Theatre on July 14th. The evening will kick off at 6.30pm with some favourite opera choruses and arias and duets from The Merry Widow sung by popular local soloists Jayne May-Sysum and Andre Hernandez-Salazar. The choir will be joined by the Jiminies choral group from Gresham’s Prep School. Then there will be an extended interval so that, should they wish, audience and choir can enjoy picnics on the lawn outside the theatre. Wine will be available from the bar. Ticket holders are asked to bring their own picnics, rugs etc.
The concert, conducted by musical director Nathan Waring, will culminate with Carl Orff’s magnificent and hugely popular Carmina Burana. The performance, timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the composer’s death, will be accompanied by 2 pianos and percussion. It will be sung in Latin – Middle High German – Old French. Since it was written in 1937 Carmina Burana has remained one of the most popular pieces of the classical music repertoire. The opening and closing movement, O Fortuna, has been used in countless films and has become a symbol of the “epic” song in popular culture. Soprano, Jayne May-Sysum and Tenor, Andres Hernandez-Salazar will be joined by Baritone, Tom Stoddart with Lawrence Tao and Michelle Wolfe at Pianoforte.
Tickets available from Auden Theatre Box Office price £15, concessions £12 (students and OAP), under 18s free. Telephone: 01263 713444 Monday to Friday 12.30pm – 2.00pm